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Freeze Frame 9/1/2017

From Image+ Volume 2 #1 by Toby Cypress & Niko Guardia

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Freeze Frame 2/10/2017

From Detective Comics #950 by Marcio Takara & Dean White
From Detective Comics #950 by Marcio Takara & Dean White

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Freeze Frame 11/11/2016

From New Superman #5 by Viktor Bogdanovich, Richard Friend & Hi-FI
From New Superman #5 by Viktor Bogdanovich, Richard Friend & Hi-FI

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Review of Mother Panic #4

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Tommy Lee Edwards

By Jody Houser, Jim Krueger, Shawn Crystal, Phil Hester, Ande Parks, Jean-Francois Beaulieu & Trish Mulvihill

From the beginning, Mother Panic has had an identity problem. The first issue of the Young Animal series opened in a compelling manner by introducing readers to the jet legged, jet set heiress Violet Paige. Writer Jody Houser gave Violet an intriguing voice, which engaged the reader despite the many overly familiar elements of her backstory. Still, there was potential to the character. Unfortunately the following two issues almost entirely ignored Violet in favor of her costumed vigilante alter ego, Mother Panic. As a crime fighter, Mother Panic was effective but lacked the personality of Violet. Houser corrects this imbalance in the current issue which goes a long way to reconciling the dueling halves of Violet Paige.

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Review of Mother Panic #1

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Tommy Lee Edwards

By Jody Houser, Jim Krueger, Tommy Lee Edwards, Phil Hester & Trish Mulvihill

After three reboots of pre-existing concepts, Gerard Way’s new Young Animal imprint unveils its first original character: Mother Panic. The debut issue of her adventures is an intriguing hybrid which mixes new ideas with familiar tropes. Protagonist Violet Paige is introduced lounging on her private jet as it approaches Gotham City’s airport. She downs a glass of wine as an unidentified companion warns Violet of overexerting herself. The context is vague, leaving the reader unclear what sort of destructive tendencies the aide is referring. Violet immediately conveys the spoiled apathy of the privileged, flipping off the paparazzi greeting her at the airport with questions about the latest gossip. Internally, Violet muses about this corrupt city to which she keeps returning. Perhaps she should simply burn it to the ground and be done with it all. Still, for all that cynicism, she remains capable of brightening a stranger’s day. When she glimpses two fans timing their selfie for the moment Violet will pass in the background, Violet offers a sly grin for their camera. In the course of these initial two pages, writer Jody Houser successfully introduces these multiple aspects to Violet’s personality, immediately drawing the reader into Violet’s story.

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Aftershock Reveals Creative Line Up

aftershock1After Mike Marts left Marvel Comics earlier in 2015 to start his own comics publisher, Aftershock, the company just revealed the line up of creators working on properties with the publisher. Garth Ennis, Jimmy Palmioti, Amanda Conner, Frank Barbierie, Marguerite Bennett, Justin Jordan, Phil Hester & Paul Jenkins will all be doing creator owned work with the new imprint. Neil Gaiman, Jim Starlin, Amy Chu & Brian Stelfleeze will all be contributing to it’s initial anthology. More details at Deadline

Many, Many, Many, Dope Ass Exclusive Hellboy & The BPRD 1952 #1 for The Hero Intiative

You can now buy ONE OF ONE specially designed covers for Hellboy & The BPRD 1952 #1 to benefit the Hero’s Iniative. For the next ten weeks, Dark Horse will be auction off ten exclusive covers on e-bay to bid on from some of the comics best and brightest artists. Which artists you ask? Let’s see we have; Mike Mignola (naturally), Bill Sienkiwicz, John Cassady, Rafeal Albuquerque, Chris Samnee, Francis Manipul, Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba, Garbiel Hardman, Riley Rossmo, Jenny Frisson, Chris Burnham, John McCrea, Ben Templesmith, Art Baltazar, James Harren, Skott Kollins, Scott Koblish, Jeff Lemire, Michael Avon Oeming, Jeff Parker, Paolo Rivera, Todd Nauck, Darick Robertson, Michael Walsh, Javier Pudilo, Sina Grace, Phil Hester, Tom Raney, Mike Norton, Max Fiumara, Tim Seely, Ty Templeton, Jim Valentino, Clayton Crain, Jim Zub & WAY WAY MORE

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Review of The Mythic #1

Mythic 1by Phil Hester and John McCrea

First thing’s first. This book is $1.99. If you missed out this week, make sure you add it to the list next week. It is definitely worth checking out for $1.99. Mythic is set in a strange world. A world where there are monsters, where the sun is being pulled across the heavens by a flaming chariot, where earthquakes are lizard-demons wrestling below the earth and where the tides rise and fall with the weeping of an immortal princess who sleeps beneath the shore. Did I forget to mention, this strange world is our world? We have been lied to so we can better understand how the world works. Science was created to explain the “laws” of the earth, because then we don’t have to believe we live in this fantastical place.

Mythic has potential to be an interesting series. It will definitely be ridiculous at most times, but that is what makes it enjoyable. Every scientific fact we think we know will be tested by this Mythic team. In Issue #1 there has been a drought and the team has been sent in to remedy it. They explain to the local police that it rains because the mountains and the clouds have sex, after they bang, it always rains. However, apparently storm cloud has a wandering eye and mountain is giving him the freeze out. So what is the plan? How can you get rock and cloud to do the dance with no pants? Well, that one is easy. Flirt with the mountain to make the cloud jealous. Yes that is right. This book contains a man attempting to flirt with a mountain to make a storm cloud jealous. It is completely outrageous, ridiculous and fantastic! I definitely want to read more of this book to see what else they can come up with and for $1.99 just give it a try.

– Dean